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Decision to remove Bilawal, Murad’s names from ECL be made after SC’s judgement, NA informed
January 16, 2019

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi informed the National Assembly today that the decision on removing the names of Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah from the Exit Control List will be made after receiving detailed written judgment of the Supreme Court.

Replying to Points of Order raised by Shazia Mari and Naveed Qamar in the house on Wednesday, he said the Chief Justice has directed to review the issue, not to remove the names from ECL.

He said a committee is also working in Interior Ministry that decides the issues relating to Exit Control List. 

The Foreign Minister informed the House that a number of national and international factors are at play in drop of the potato prices in the country.

He said potato is being sold at the price of one rupee per kilogram in neighboring India due to bumper crop of the commodity.

Shah Mehmood Qureshi said as agriculture has become a provincial subject after the 18th Amendment, there is a need to coordinate between federal and provincial governments to mitigate the sufferings of potato farmers.

He invited all political parties across the spectrum to show unity to resolve such national issues.

Replying a question, Minister for Railways Sheikh Rashid Ahmad said that Pakistan Railways is incurring a loss of 20 million rupees annually for granting discounts to its passengers.  

He said Pakistan Railways provides a discount of 50 percent to citizens above 65 years of age, disabled persons and students.

He said Pakistan Railways is also providing free of cost traveling facilities to senior citizens above the age of 75.

To another question, Minister Incharge for Aviation Division, Muhammad Mian Soomro said weekly flights of PIA from Karachi to Dalbandin were reduced from two to one due to limited market demand.

He said Pakistan International Airlines is keeping a constant eye on market indicators, traffic trends and viability of this route and will take necessary steps to expand the operation between Dalbandin and Karachi.

Taking the floor, Federal Minister for National Food Security Sahibzada Mehboob Sultan said government will facilitate growers of all crops in the country.

He said Pakistan produces 4.4 million tons of potato each year, with a domestic consumption of 3.3 million tons.

He said 6 to 7 hundred thousand tons of potato is preserved as seeds. Sahibzada Mehboob Sultan said China and Belarus have expressed interest in buying our potatoes.

Speaking on Point of Order, Minister for Human Rights Shireen Mazari said PTI government is committed to protect human rights in the country.

She said enforced disappearances and killings are not acceptable at all.

She said the issues of exit control list and black list are also being addressed.

A bill to further amend the constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan was introduced in the House. 

Parliamentary Secretary Law and Justice, Malaeka Bukhari presented the bill on behalf of Minister for Law and Justice Dr. Farogh Naseem.

The House has now been adjourned to meet again at 11 am on Thursday.